Books et al.RISK MANAGEMENT

Preparing for the unthinkable

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Science  20 Sep 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6459, pp. 1254
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay4219

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Extreme global catastrophe is a subject of endless fascination, and many books have been written on it. Those written by journalists for general audiences are often narrowly focused on the science of various apocalyptic scenarios, whereas books by academics often also cover ethics and policy issues and emphasize the authors' analysis over interviews and narratives. End Times by Bryan Walsh offers a bit of both approaches, presenting interviews and narratives across the range of science, ethics, and policy issues on catastrophic risk. The result is a highly readable account of the field of global catastrophic risk as it is currently constituted.

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